American basketball player LeBron James has donated $10,000 to the Liverpool FC Foundation during his first visit to the club.
LeBron, who plays for Miami Heat, made the donation at St Margaret's CoE School in Liverpool which is Liverpool FC's Respect 4 All centre, used for football coaching sessions with local children with severe physical or mental disabilities.
The centre is currently oversubscribed and LeBron's donation has kick-started a fundraising campaign to open a second centre in north Liverpool.
LeBron said: "I am honored and humbled to be a part of Liverpool FC and especially proud to help the club's charitable efforts. My foundation has always focused on giving kids the support they need to be successful. I'm excited to give this gift on my first trip and to start participating in the amazing work being done by Liverpool FC in the community."
Gary Adlen, Liverpool FC Foundation Director, said: "It's been a real pleasure having LeBron here. We are extremely grateful for his donation which will contribute significantly to opening a second Respect 4 All centre and support even more local children in north Liverpool."